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Recognition is an honour
11:00am Monday 7th January 2013 in Ledbury
TWO charity fund-raisers from Malvern were honoured in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list.
Both Rosalie Dawes and Martin Burton were given MBEs for their tireless charity work.
Mrs Dawes, of Birtsmorton Court, near Malvern, has been a stalwart supporter of St Richard’s Hospice, serving on the fund-raising committee that played a huge role in helping to raise the £5.25m capital fund required to build the 15-bed hospice, which opened in Wildwood Drive, Worcester, in 2006.
Much of the fund-raising she has done has come through events held in the scenic gardens at Birtsmorton Court.
As well as St Richard’s Hospice she has held countless fund-raisers for causes including Cancer Research UK and Macmillan Cancer Support.
She has also been involved in the National Garden Scheme for almost 40 years, raising more than £10,000 for good causes through that alone.
The 70-year-old said she was excited and very humbled to learn of her honour.
“I am very lucky to have been singled out for special attention,” she said.
“I am just one of the very many people out there who do so much for the community and for charity.
“I am thrilled to have been given this but just being involved with St Richard’s and working in the community is an honour in itself.”
Mr Burton, aged 71, of Malvern, is a former superintendent in the West Midlands Police.
He has, for the last 20 years, been chairman of the Birmingham Lord Mayor’s charity.
He has organised numerous fund-raising events over the years which have attracted as special guests such famous names as boxers Muhammed Ali, Henry Cooper and Frank Bruno, cricketers Bob Willis and Viv Richards, and actor Richard Todd, of Dambusters fame.
He also started the annual Megaquiz in Birmingham, which got into the Guinness Book of Records as the biggest quiz, and served as vice-president of Cancer Research, based at Birmingham University, raising £5 million for the Crab Appeal.
He is also a past president of Malvern Rotary and was also chairman of the committee which organised the Diamond Jubilee celebrations in the town.
He said: “One of the things I’m most proud of is raising half-a-million pound after September 11 for dependents of the firemen and other emergency workers who died.”
The money was raised by emergency workers in and around Birmingham.
Mr Burton and colleagues later flew to New York and presented the money to the city’s mayor at Ground Zero.
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